Real Madrid favourites in Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid - get La Liga fantasy tips and predictions
Real Madrid (RM) will host Atletico Madrid (ATL) in matchweek 17 of the La Liga 2021-22 season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday, December 13. The game will kick off at 01:30 AM IST.
RM vs ATL Dream11 Prediction
Real Madrid are on a nine-match winning run across all competitions, with six successive victories in the league alone. Los Blancos sit at the top of the La Liga standings, eight points clear of second-placed Sevilla who have a game in hand.
Atletico Madrid, on the flip side, are ten points behind their city rivals. The current holders have been a shadow of themselves from last season’s championship-winning campaign and come to the Bernabeu from a 1-2 loss to Real Mallorca at home.
The Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid head-to-head record in the La Liga is in favour of Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who have won 89 of the 168 meetings between the two sides.
RM vs ATL Dream11 team tips for La Liga 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
Karim Benzema leads the La Liga scoring charts with 12 goals, which is why the Frenchman is undoubtedly the top pick as a forward. Benzema - who finished fourth in the 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony - has shrugged off concerns of a hamstring injury and is likely to lead the line against Atletico Madrid - who will operate without Uruguayan attacker Luis Suarez.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Thomas Lemar has tallied three goals and two assists in La Liga, and is poised to dictate terms in the midfield engine room for Atletico Madrid. With the visitors likely to have Antoine Griezmann to lead the attack, the French midfielder is expected to forge a strong link-up with his compatriot against a formidable Real defence.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
It goes without saying that David Alaba is a key defender to include in fantasy football teams. The Austrian defender - who signed as a free agent from Bayern Munich - has played as a central defender for Real this term and has kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in La Liga 2021-22. He has also contributed a goal and three assists, which shows his attributes as an attack-minded defender.
When it comes to goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois is the first-choice pick. Considering the form Real Madrid are in, the French keeper will get the nod ahead of Atletico’s Jan Oblak. Both goalkeepers have kept five clean sheets in the league this term but the former Chelsea star has managed 42 saves in the competition, making him a smart pick between the sticks.
RM vs ATL probable playing XI
RM playing XI (probable): Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper); Dani Carvajal, Diego Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema (captain), Marco Asensio.
ATL playing XI (probable): Jan Oblak (goalkeeper); Marcos Llorente, Felipe, Mario Hermoso, Renan Lodi; Koke (captain), Rodrigo de Paul, Angel Correa; Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Matheus Cunha
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